About us



We believe that environmental education helps foster better relationships between people and people, society and nature. It thereby enhances our approach to achieve alternative lifestyle based on local community.
Toward creating a sustainable society, which is one of the most emerging global challenges, JEEF will promote variety of environmental education practices all over the world. To achieve this, JEEF commits to take an initiative in collaboration with various sectors.

 Phobjikha, Bhutan


Who we are

Japan Environmental Education Forum (JEEF) is a national NGO consists of varieties of people who are engaged or interested in promoting environmental education.
JEEF originated from “Kiyosato Meeting” held in 1987. In that year, people who hope to establish more nature schools in Japan got together and held “the first Kiyosato Environmental Education Forum.” Since then, “Kiyosato Meeting” has been held once a year which has contributed to broaden and deepen a network among people engaging in environmental education in Japan.
In 2010, JEEF became a Public Interest Incorporated Association by Cabinet Office, Government of Japan. At present, JEEF has more than 1,000 members. We are engaged in disseminating nature schools in Japan and supporting environmental education in developing countries.

Asia Protected Areas Partnership 2016


Meet with us!

Would you like to meet with our friendly JEEF staffs who have interesting experiences all over the world? Do you want us to come to your school / institution / organization / company to give lectures? Please feel free to contact us!

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Director, International Project Division

koji tagi

Koji Tagi joined JEEF as a director of International Project Division in 2007. He specializes in developing and managing international projects related to environmental conservation and sustainable community development. He has managed eco-tourism development projects in Indonesia, Bhutan and Cambodia. He also has experience of conducting lectures related to SDGs for high school and college students in Japan.
Prior to joining JEEF, Koji worked for Environment Agency of Japan in Tokyo, Wetlands International in Kuala Lumpur and Japan, and International Cooperation Agency in Sabah, Malaysia.
Koji has a BA in Social Sciences from Ritsumeikan University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Natural Systems & Wildlife Management from University of Queensland.

Hideki SATO
Chief Consultant, International Project Division

Hideaki Sato

While his focus is the community development through empowerment, Hideki Sato has long experience of working in international cooperation feild as a JICA agriculture volunteer in Ecuador and as a development consultant in Tokyo. He had engaged in agricultural management projects in all over the world such as Iran, Sudan, Ecuador and Myanmar.
After joining JEEF, Hideki has been engaged in more than 15 projects in Bangladesh and supporting sustainable community development by enhancing local natural honey products. There are more than 150 articles related to his projects in Bangladesh being published in news papers.
Hideki holds a Ph.D. in Agriculture from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.

Former Bhutan Office, International Project Division

Akane Matsuo

Akane Matsuo worked as a JEEF representative in the Kingdom of Bhutan from 2015 to 2017. She managed community-based sustainable tourism project in Haa in collaboration with local experts.
Prior to working for JEEF, Akane has worked for Tourism Council of Bhutan’s Thimphu headquarter for 2.5 years as a tourism marketing manager for Japan market. Before going to Bhutan, she had worked for a Japanese travel agent in Tokyo specialized in inbound tourism development and marketing.
Akane has a BA in Arts in Human Relations from Keio University. Currently she is pursuing her master’s degree at Kyoto University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies. Her activities in Bhutan were covered by several media such as “Side by Side (NHK World)”.

Tatsuhiro KATO
Coordinator, International Project Division

Tatsuhiro Kato

Born in Nagoya, Tatsuhiro Kato worked as a JICA Environmental Education Volunteer in Jordan for 2 years after his graduation from the university. In JEEF, Tatsuhiro handles several environmental education projects in Korea, China, Cambodia and Indonesia. He has experiences as a trainer in facilitation and participatory communication for several JICA programs.

What we do

The main objective of JEEF’s international projects is to create sustainable society in developing countries especially in Asia. JEEF’s approach is to enhance local communities’ livelihood in sustainable manner by applying environmental education techniques.

what we do

Village Hmestay in Haa, Bhutan


Our History of International Projects

1987 The first Kiyosato Meeting was held
1988 Japan Environmental Education Forum was established
1999 Indonesia Environmental Education Project has started
Indonesia Environmental Education Meeting was held
2000 Tripartite Environmental Education Network (TEEN) project started
(China, Korea, and Japan)
2001 TEEN database and East Asia database project started
2002 Environmental Education Research in Thailand started
2004 Environmental Education Workshop was held
Eco Asia Environmental Education Symposium was held
2005 ACCU Environmental Education Workshop was held
2006 ACCU Environmental Education Workshop was held
2008 DENSO Youth for Earth Action started
2009 Training for Developing Ecotourism by Utilizing Local Natural Resources in Asian Countries hstarted
2011 Community-based Sustainable Tourism project in Bhutan started
2013 Environmental education project started in Cambodia has started
Sustainable livelihood project started in Bangladish started
2017 SATO YAMA UMI Project in Bhutan, Indonesia and Cambodia started